An extremely dense book, Dirty Wars uses the story of the targeted killing of an American Muslim as a thread to tie together hard scrabble investigative reporting of America's post 9/11 war policy and actions. Fear, radicalization, deceit and a whole lot of political maneuvering make the story distasteful enough, regardless of Scahill's personal politics. He does a particularly excellent job tying together the simultaneous actions in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, showing how each theater affected the others. It is a magnificent, horrible tapestry. However, I fear that its extreme attention to detail will relegate it to the bookshelves of academics and wonks. I plan on watching the film next, which hopefully has delivered the lessons of this investigation to a wider audience.